JANUARY 21, 2014 was a red-letter day for horseowner/breeder Wilbert Tan as on this day Tan’s broodmare Dimples gave birth to a gangly bay colt which was to become a champion.
His developmental first two years of existence went without a hitch and on October 19, 2016 he stepped on to the track to show the public his wares in a Novato run.
But it took four runs with so-so performances before he broke into the win column as it was obvious that the colt was not for the regular distances. He was a stayer with a monster finishing kick.
Thus, off to the major events he went.
He was entered in the Philracom Juvenile Championship where he lost via a heartvreaking 1/2 length setback at the hands of another champion, Sepfourteen.
But then, in 2017, after roughly four months he got sweet revenge by defeating Sepfourteen by three lengths in the PHILTOBO-PHILRACOM Gintng Lahi 3yo Graduate Stakes.
Tha same year, he was entered in the 2017 Philracom Triple Crown where he finished second, fourth and sixth in the series.
2018 saw him in 17 starts with only two out-of-the-money performances highlighted by his victory in the PCSO Freedom Cup and capped by his finishing a fighting second in that year’s Presidential Gold Cup.
Heartbreak hit Pangalusian Island’s connections anew in 2019 when he landed another runner-up finish in the PGC.
Not to mention the fact that he also participated in a number of stakes races for this year, but despite the best efforts of his connections, it was to no avail.
However, after a couple of tries in the biggest race of the country’s racing calendar, third time was the charm for Pangalusian Island as he finally bagged the much-coveted Presidential Gold Cup, having beaten Super Swerte towards the finish line of this grueling 2000-meter race on December 27, 2020.
Fittingly today, the day when the 2022 PGC will be held, this galloper will be feted with a slow canter around the track and a garland placed on him to recognize his fighting heart and his achievements.
Afterwhich, a Plaque of Recognition will be awarded to Wilbert Tan.
“We at the Philracom would also like to recognize the achievements of our equine superstars as they are the ones which draw the racing aficionados to the track or their favorite OTB’s,” Philracom Chairman Reli de Leon said.